100 GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIES
100 Years...100 Movies

10th Anniversary Edition

Introduction

The American Film Institute (AFI)




The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California, in 2007 honored and updated its "definitive selection of the 100 greatest American movies of all time" from its 1998 list, as determined by more than 1,500 leaders from the American film community.

Read this site's Commentary on AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies (original)
The original 400 Greatest American Films (nominees)

The 400 Nominated Films were feature-length fictional movies produced between 1912 and 1996 with newly-eligible films from 1996 to 2006.

Judgment Criteria for Selection of 100 Greatest American Movies:

  • Feature-length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length.
  • American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.
  • Critical Recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media.
  • Major Award Winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds and major film festivals.
  • Popularity Over Time: This includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals.
  • Historical Significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements.
  • Cultural Impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.

AFI's 100 Greatest American Films - 2007 List
See also AFI's 100 Greatest American Films (original, 1998)
1.
Citizen Kane (1941)
51.
West Side Story (1961)
2.
The Godfather (1972)
52.
Taxi Driver (1976)
3.
Casablanca (1942)
53.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
4.
Raging Bull (1980)
54.
M*A*S*H (1970)
5.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
55.
North By Northwest (1959)
6.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
56.
Jaws (1975)
7.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
57.
Rocky (1976)
8.
Schindler's List (1993)
58.
The Gold Rush (1925)
9.
Vertigo (1958)
59.
Nashville (1975)
10.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
60.
Duck Soup (1933)
11.
City Lights (1931)
61.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
12.
The Searchers (1956)
62.
American Graffiti (1973)
13.
Star Wars (1977)
63.
Cabaret (1972)
14.
Psycho (1960)
64.
Network (1976)
15.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
65.
The African Queen (1951)
16.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
66.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17.
The Graduate (1967)
67.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
18.
The General (1927)
68.
Unforgiven (1992)
19.
On the Waterfront (1954)
69.
Tootsie (1982)
20.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
70.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
21.
Chinatown (1974)
71.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
22.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
72.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
23.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
73.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
24.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
74.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
25.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
75.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
26.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
76.
Forrest Gump (1994)
27.
High Noon (1952)
77.
All the President's Men (1976)
28.
All About Eve (1950)
78.
Modern Times (1936)
29.
Double Indemnity (1944)
79.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
30.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
80.
The Apartment (1960)
31.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
81.
Spartacus (1960)
32.
The Godfather Part II (1974)
82.
Sunrise (1927)
33.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
83.
Titanic (1997)
34.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
84.
Easy Rider (1969)
35.
Annie Hall (1977)
85.
A Night at the Opera (1935)
36.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
86.
Platoon (1986)
37.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
87.
12 Angry Men (1957)
38.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
88.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
39.
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
89.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
40.
The Sound of Music (1965)
90.
Swing Time (1936)
41.
King Kong (1933)
91.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
42.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
92.
GoodFellas (1990)
43.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
93.
The French Connection (1971)
44.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
94.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
45.
Shane (1953)
95.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
46.
It Happened One Night (1934)
96.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
47.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
97.
Blade Runner (1982)
48.
Rear Window (1954)
98.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
49.
Intolerance (1916)
99.
Toy Story (1995)
50.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
100.
Ben-Hur (1959)

 

AMERICA's 100 GREATEST MOVIES
10th Anniversary - 4 parts


Facts About the 10th Anniversary List of 100 Greatest American Movies in 2007:

Of the films that remained on the list, 36 improved their ranking and 38 saw their ranking decline.

Raging Bull (1980) (# 4) and Vertigo (1958) (# 9) made their top 10 debuts in the new list, replacing The Graduate (1967) (formerly # 7 in 1998) and On the Waterfront (1954) (formerly # 8 in 1998).

Five of the top 10 films in the 2007 list won Academy Awards for Best Picture and all but two ( Vertigo (1958) and Singin' in the Rain (1952)) were nominated.

The 1970s was the most represented decade with 20 entries.

Three years tied for most represented year, each with four films:

Director Steven Spielberg had the most films on the list with five:

Directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Billy Wilder each had four films on the list.

James Stewart and Robert De Niro were the most represented actors in a starring role, each with five films in the top 100.

Faye Dunaway, Katharine Hepburn and Diane Keaton were the most represented leading female actors with three films each.

The most represented genre in the top 100 list was comedy films, with 17 films.

The following genre types were also included in the top 100 for 2007:

Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films

Commentary on the 2007 List:

Classics that did not make the list at all included (to name just a few):

A number of the films that were dropped from the 2007 list shouldn't have been:

There were a notable number of appropriate additions, however:



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